Congratulations to the family of 1980 Westlake High grad Doug Dake.
Son Kyle Dake has qualified for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics as a member of the United States wrestling team.
Kyle earned the spot last weekend at the US Olympic Team Trials at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.
“Kyle Dake pulled off an impressive win in perhaps the most anticipated match of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. It was Dake versus 2012 Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs, a four-time world champion,” reports Alex Abrams on the Team USA website.
“Dake, 30, a two-time world champion at a higher weight class, had struggled in his meetings with Burroughs over the years. He had won only once in their eight head-to-head matchups before Saturday.
“Nonetheless, Dake needed only two matches to beat Burroughs in Saturday’s finals, winning 3-0 and 3-2.
“‘To go out and put on a show like I did and be able to go out and get my hand raised is something I’ve been missing the past few years,’” Dake said.
Kyle’s dad, Doug, starred in football and wrestling at Westlake High, winning a state wrestling championship in 1980 as a Demon. He remains, today, the lone Westlake High matman to ever win a state crown. Doug went on to teach and coach in the Lansing Central School District in New York. Cornell University is located in nearby Ithaca, NY, He went on to wrestle at Kent State, where he earned all-America honors. Kyle’s mom, Jodi, was a Kent State gymnast.
About Kyle Dake
World Championship Experience
- 2018 Senior World champion
- Two-time Senior World Team member (2018, 2019)
Other Career Highlights
- Two-time Final X champion (2018, 2019)
- 2018 World Cup champion
- Four-time NCAA champion for Cornell University
- First to win four NCAA Div. I titles in four different weight classes
- 2016 Olympic Trials runner-up